Turn your passion for yoga into compassion and team up with Room to Read
to raise funds for girls' education in India!
|Illustration of Zak the Yak by Abin Shrestha|
Date? Saturday, 16 June 2012
Time? Anytime during the 24-hour period of 16 June 2012
Where? On your mat in one of our participating yoga studios around the world or on your own in a private session dedicated to the girls in India.
Goal? $37,500 (USD)
Why? World Change Starts with Educated Children. It costs US$250 to support one girl scholar in India for one year. Our goal is to provide 150 girls with a one-year scholarship in Room to Read’s Girls' Education Program.
Who? You! Whether you are a kid, teen, grown-up, or a senior citizen. Anyone can do yoga, even babies with their mothers, kids with their fathers, teens with their aunts, and friends with friends!
Contact? firstname.lastname@example.org OR namasteindiaRtR@gmail.com
Why Yoga? And How to Get Involved!
We love yoga because it’s an activity in which even the youngest children can participate—on their own or together with their parents.
We believe that yoga’s emphasis on mindfulness can bring awareness to a global issue as important as education while teaching children about balance, coordination, focus, and breathing.
Practically, a yoga benefit, whether indoors or outdoors, is an inexpensive, uncomplicated, and attractive event that requires only about two hours of one’s day, and no pre-conditioning.
If you are a certified yoga teacher or a student who is collaborating with a teacher, contact us to find a Room to Read Chapter with whom you can collaborate. Individuals without a Chapter can work directly with the Room to Read Zurich Chapter.
Teachers will sign up to participate and will donate all proceeds from the 60 - 90 minute class to the Room to Read Namaste India! benefit. Teachers can set their own minimum donation price, but it should typically be a small amount comparable to a class price. Those practicing on their own can send donations to us at Room to Read. Email us for instructions.
To learn more about how this event developed, please read our first post "Introducing Namaste India!". Zak the Yak is the protagonist of Room to Read Founder John Wood's children's book. To learn more about our mascot, Zak the Yogi Yak, please follow the link.
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school child- ren and ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education. With a network of over 50 chapters worldwide, we are collaborating for the first time on a global yoga fundraiser. This extraordinary day is open to anyone who would like to participate.